One of the interesting species to keep in marine aquarium are – Mantis Shrimp. There many types of mantis shrimp that you can see based on the regional location. Each type has it’s own unique characteristic. You will find most of the common type of the mantis shrimp listed in this page.
Note that most of these types are burrowers. Almost every species listed here are found near the coast guard. They live their life in solitary and I don’t think you will be able to put them in small aquarium tank. It is suggested that these species are supposed to be kept alone in bigger and stronger glass tank.
This shrimp is also known as peacock mantis. There is a reason why they call this shrimp as peacock shrimp. You see the color variations on his tail and mouth which resembles like a peacock. They are found near the indo-pacific region. They are quite aggressive species of shrimps. They are also quite powerful so if you’re planning to keep them in your aquarium, make sure you get the powerful glass. They grow quite large about 7” and are also difficult to handle once they become adult. They usually recognize the people around them and maintain the peaceful attitude while standing among the familiar people.
The name of this shrimp is – Neogonodactylus wennerae. It is often seen in on the live rock. They are usually shipping these along with the live rocks in most of the aquarium shops. There are three color variations you can find in this type of shrimp. You’ll find brown, maroon and olive green. They only grow upto size of about 3” and usually quite active on the base or rock. They usually don’t attack species with shells so snails and hermits with shells are safe.
They are quite small compared to other fancy mantis shrimp. They grow upto 3-4”. Don’t underestimate them over the size because they are quite ill tempered and also hard hitting mantis. Not supposed to be kept with other marine species because of their aggressive nature. They usually act shy and reserved. Burrow themselves whenever someone comes nearby but if threatened they go on attack the host. They are fed on snails, so if you’re planning to keep snails and this shrimp in one aquarium, you know what to do now. Avoid keeping them with skunk cleaner shrimp as well.
- Size : 2- 3”
- Behavior : Active, Aggressive
- Food : Hermit and Snails
This shrimp has big buggy eyes and often seen underground hunting for the food. It is often found near the live rock or the shells hunting for smaller species. It is found near the coast of florida and in the carribian.
- Size : 2” (observed)
- Nature: aggressive, reserved
- Color: Dark yellow, light yellow(juvenile)
They are often seen burrowed in the sand. You won’t find them attacking at first but if teased they can attack easily. They are also found in multiple other colors like green, green with stripes and black. They usually hunt for food near the live rock and corals.
- Size : 16”
- Age: Live upto 30 years
- Color :white and black stripes
- Location: South pacific
These are the types of the mantis which are less aggressive and only attack on their food or if they are teased. They attack with their arms “smashing type”. They require a bigger aquarium box compared to other small shrimps.